The house sitter rules (Part 1)


Asking a trusted friend or even a stranger to house sit can leave your mind racing. The minute you give it some thought you’re bond to become a little anxious about entrusting someone with your home and its entire contents.

When you arrive back home from your trip the last thing you want to see is your pot plant hanging on the brink of life or the oven covered in grease. The person you choose to house sit should at least have the same home etiquette as you. Hiring your complete opposite could open the door for disaster.


What to expect from your house sitter


Before heading out the door, don’t assume that your house sitter knows what you expect of them. Make it clear that they ought to do everything you would have done if you were at home. Washing your laundry or bed linen may be a bit over the top, so don’t add it to the list of things to do. Your house sitter should take care of the usual everyday tasks that involve running and maintaining a household such as:

  • Cleaning
  • Gardening
  • Lawn mowing
  • Garbage disposal
  • Pool maintenance
  • General security
  • Caring for pets


In addition, if you’re running a business from home, you may find that hiring a house sitter with suitable aptitude can prove to be beneficial. They will be able to keep the business running efficiently while you are away.


Explain any quirks in your home


If your dishwasher tends to overflow or if a door in your home sticks sometimes be sure to inform your house sitter. They might end up in a state of panic thinking that they broke the contents of your home. Warn them of anything dangerous like an unstable curtain rail that might fall on them if tugged on it too hard.


Inform your sitter of who might drop by


Let your sitter know if a friend is coming by to pick up something or if you are expecting the arrival of any packages. That way they won’t be caught off guard if someone were to come knocking on the door.


Give clear instructions about the tech in your home

Not only should you tell them how your equipment works, but also have a detailed document that guides them through using your smart TV, media centre, sound system and the like and stick it up on the fridge.

Also consider adding what they can do in case of emergencies, such as a   thunderstorm causing a power outage messing with the internet,  television signal or security systems. Let them know where they can find the router in case they need to reset it.